AUGUST 8: The Daily Flashback
1844: After the death of Joseph Smith on June 27, Brigham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons.
1876: Thomas Edison received a patent for the mimeograph.
1899: The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.
1945: The United Nations Charter was signed by U.S. President Truman.
1950: Whataburger opened its restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1960: Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” hit No. 1.
1966: The Beatles’ album Revolver was released.
1969: Photographer Iain MacMillan shoots the photograph for what would be the cover of The Beatles’ album, Abbey Road, just outside the studios of the same name where the band recorded most of its classic songs.
1970: While enjoying some libations at a nearby bar before her concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, Janis Joplin wrote the song “Mercedes Benz,” which she sang that night.
1975: Hank Williams, Jr. fell 500 feet down a mountain in Montana.
1980: The fantasy musical film “Xanadu,” starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, debuted to scathing reviews.
1983: Metallica’s debut single “Whiplash” was released.
1988: N.W.A., featuring Dr. Dre and Easy-E, released the classic gangsta rap album Straight Outta Compton, featuring the song “F–k Tha Police.”
1989: The space shuttle Columbia was launched at Cape Canaveral.
1994: The Notorious B.I.G. released his debut solo single, “Juicy.”
1999: The Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ Wade Boggs got the 3,000th hit of his major league baseball career.
2000: The inaugural Gathering of The Juggalos took place at the Expo Center in Novi, Michigan, at the Expo Center.
1907: Benny Carter
1923: Jimmy Witherspoon
1926: Webb Pierce
1932: Mel Tillis
1933: Joe Tex
1937: Dustin Hoffman
1938: Connie Stevens
1949: Keith Carradine
1957: Dennis Drew
1961: The Edge
1962: Kool Moe Dee
1976: JC Chasez
1975: Cannonball Adderley
2013: Cowboy Jack Clement
2017: Glen Campbell